35. How do archaeologists study religion in the Indigenous past?
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Mallory E. Matsumoto [+]
University of Texas at Austin
Mallory E. Matsumoto is assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research addresses the interface between language, material culture, and religion in pre- colonial and colonial Maya communities of Mesoamerica. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork and archival research in Guatemala, Mexico, Hungary, Peru, and the United States.
Archaeology offers an opportunity to understand Indigenous religions in the past because of its focus on material remains of how people practiced their religion—even when those people may have been omitted from texts, images, and other traditional historical sources.